An iconic Canadian musician is about to have that status cemented.
Singer-songwriter Jann Arden will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has announced.
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The induction will take place during the 2020 Juno Awards to air later this year, along with a performance by the celebrated artist.
“I am so honoured to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame,” Arden said in a statement. “I’ve spent my career creating and performing music that I hoped would resonate with others. I feel incredibly humbled to be recognized with this award and to join such an esteemed group of past honourees whose art has helped connect us to one another as Canadians.”
Speaking to the CBC, CARAS and Juno Awards president and CEO Allan Reid said of the induction, “This perfect opportunity to recognize somebody who has had an incredible career for almost 30 years, but also is probably almost at the top of her game now more than ever.”
Hailing from Springbank, Alberta, 57-year-old Arden has released 13 albums since her 1993 debut Time For Mercy.
Her songs “Insensitive” and “Could I Be Your Girl” were international hits in the ’90s.
Arden will be the 57th artist inducted into the Hall, which traditionally only adds one musician or group a year. Though, this year Arden may be joined by others.
“We’re trying to find a way to honour more people,” Reid said. “The Hall of Fame moment in the [Junos] broadcast is one of the highest-rated moments of the show almost every year, and … and when you only do one a year, there’s always this hard decision of ‘Who’s going to get that moment this year.'”
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Canadian country artist Brett Kissel celebrated the news about Arden’s induction on Twitter, and got a reply from the honouree herself.
In 2019, five musical acts were inducted, including Corey Hart, Andy Kim, Bobby Curtola, Chilliwack, and Cowboy Junkies.
Other inductees into the Hall in recent years include the Barenaked Ladies, Alanis Morissette, k.d. lang, Rush, and Bryan Adams.
The 2020 Juno Awards will air Sunday, March 15, broadcasting from the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon.